Following a decision earlier this year to not develop a formal governance mechanism for the nationwide health information network, the federal government will offer grants to entities already involved in health information exchange governance to encourage continued development and dissemination of best practices.

Publication of a Funding Opportunity Announcement is part of a new initiative of the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT to continue supporting consistent rules of the road for health information exchange across the nation. In a blog posting, National Coordinator Farzad Mostashari, M.D., explains supporting initiatives beyond newly available grants:

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